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What degrees do I have to have to be a dental hygienist?

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Kim’s Answer

Hello Mahloni,
Requirements to get into dental hygiene will depend on the schools you are considering. I would ask the specific school admissions department what the profile has been for students admitted in recent years. Also, in the US a 2 year community college program may be very different than a 4 year university based program.
Don’t forget the other aspects for admission: work or volunteer experience and results on the dental hygiene admissions test. Dental schools including dental hygiene always want to see that you have spent time working or at least observing dental procedures and how the dental team works together. Find an office or a volunteer clinic opportunity to spend time in.
For test, get a review book and take practice tests.
Hope this helps. Good luck !
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Krystal’s Answer

To be a dental hygienist in the United States you can either have an associates or bachelors in dental hygiene. There are also various board examinations to pass such as clinical boards, local anesthesia, and NBDHE.

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Check out: https://teethtalkgirl.com/rdh/how-to-become-a-dental-hygienist
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Jennifer’s Answer

You have 3 options: Associates of Applied Sciences - Dental Hygiene, Bachelors of Science - Dental Hygiene, or Masters of Science - Dental Hygiene. *The AAS still has a two year pre-requisite course load and two years of Dental Hygiene program.
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